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Where Are the Chicana/o Artists This Weekend/Next Week?

A busy month already, now Mother's Day!

By RuthAnne Tarletz de Molina
Published on LatinoLA: May 11, 2006


Where Are the Chicana/o Artists This Weekend/Next Week?


It's been a long month already, catching up from all my commitments from the last two months. And this Cinco de Mayo was my busiest ever. On Friday morning after doing workshops at the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena I hurried down to Olvera Street to do workshops with the Mexican Cultural Institute. I also stopped at the gallery to see the wonderful exhibit of photography El Patrimonio de Mexico/The World Heritage Sites of Mexico Photo Exhibit Archeological & Natural Wonders of Mexico that continues through May 14.

Then it was running around with last minute shopping Cinco de Mayo on the 6th at Rock Rose Gallery where the Patricia Lazlde Exhibit looking back...moving forward retrospective 2006 has it's Artist's Reception next Saturday during the NELAArts Second Saturday Gallery Night. Today is Dia de las Madres (Mother's Day) in Latin America. And since I'm 1/4 Mexican, I'm celebrating today & then again on May 14, when it's Mother's Day here in the US. I love being multicultural!!!

This week my newsletter is out on time as I actually have a quiet week with hardly anything scheduled, except enjoying another Spoke(n) Art Bike Ride for NELAArt Gallery Night. Join us at 6p at the flagpole at York & Figueroa. Take-off time is 6:30p. You can always catch up with us by phoning me or Josef - info in this newsletter. The itinerary is listed below (of course, subject to change). Each month we are going to different galleries, as there are too many to make in one night. If you don't want to bike, you can car it or walk it, some of the galleries are within walking distance of each other - choose a grouping & go for it. My favorite for this month is the drkrm where The Haunted Hacienda: The Art of the Mexican Horror Film is. There's so much more to choose from this week. For those who want a very different Mother's Day, go south to the Watts Towers Arts Center to see films about Women in Prison.

Where are the Chicana/o artists this weekend/next week?

This Chicana artist will be. Shalom, RuthAnne

Where will you be???

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS:

For a complete listing of this newletter go to www.LatinoLA.com or www.myspace.com/sarte_mex_jewelry where you'll also find Calls 4 Artists.

Fundraiser for SHGA: The Self Help Graphics & Art Annual Print Sale will be held Sunday, June 25, 12noon - 5p at SHGA, 3802 Cesar Chavez Ave, LA. Come meet the artists, enjoy the art & take home one of a kind prints to enliven your spirit! Available will be: Atelier 47 - Mono Prints - Special Projects - Vintage Prints - Etchings - Linocuts - Woodcuts - Silkscreens. Opening of Selected Prints from SHG at the Galeria Otra Vez 323.881.6444 www.selfhelpgraphics.com

WEEKEND/NEXT WEEK:

Cultural Cinema on Main
Foreign Film Dinner Screening: Thursday, May 11, 6:30p
Casa de Sousa Coffee House, 634 N Main St, LA, CA 90012
213.687.0363

This is an eclectic, intercontinental cinematic dining affair.

Gallery Row Organization (GRO) presents:
Downtown Art Walk: 2nd Thursdays
Thursday, May 11, 12 noon - 9p (limited hours noted on the Art Walk map)
Gallery Row y mas, Downtown LA
213-624-6212 downtownartwalk@bgfa.us www.downtownartwalk.com
www.galleryrow.org

This is a free, self-guided tour of the many art exhibition venues in Downtown LA - commercial art galleries, museums, and non-profit arts venues. Participants in the Downtown Art Walk are the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles Public Library, The Fine Arts Building Gallery, Grey Goose, L.A. Artcore Center, 2nd Street Cigars and Gallery, de Soto, M. J. Higgins, Crewest, Pharmaka, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, El Nopal Press, Bert Green Fine Art, INMO Gallery, Niche.LA/Lounge 441, Kristi Engle Gallery, Art Murmur Gallery, 626 Gallery, Modern Art Downtown, Gallery 727, The Hive Gallery, Infusion Gallery, Museum of Neon Art (MONA), and the Downtown Art Gallery.

New in May 2006: The Downtown Art Walk welcomes Grey Goose gallery to Downtown Los Angeles. Grey Goose joins the Art Walk this month. Infusion Gallery announces the opening of their second location at 719 S. Spring St.

Visitors are encouraged to arrive by public transit, as the Art Walk is easily accessible by the Red, Gold, and Blue line trains which run until midnight, and the area is well served by the DASH bus system until 6:30 pm. Parking is plentiful in the areas many lots and garages, at meters on the street until 4 pm, and free after 6 pm on most streets.

The Downtown Art Walk partners with the Center Theatre Group by taking part in the Art Lovers Series, a special theatre subscription program. A link to the Art Lovers Series can be found on the Downtown Art Walk website's Partners page.

Art of the Fantastic / Voices from the South
Thursday, May 11, 5 - 9p
Downtown Art Gallery DAG, 1611 S Hope St, LA, CA
May 11 - June 4
213.255.2067 juan@rosillo.com www.downtownag.com

This is an exhibit of artworks by aclaimed artists from South America including, among others, Frank Romero, Rodrigo Pimentel, Lucia Maya, Juan Rosillo, Mario Londono & Fernando de Szyslo. The exhibit is characterized by the juxtaposition, distortion or amalgamation of images and or materials that extend experience by contradicting our normal expectations formally or iconographically by transcending the norms of perceived reality,the fantastic transports the viewer into a world where the implausible becomes plausible (From Art of the fantastic By Day and Sturges).

The Downtown Art Ride meets at 5 pm at the Downtown Art Gallery the day of the art walk. Visit all the galleries that take part in the Downtown Art Walk (except MOCA Grand and the Library) by bicycle. Bring a lock.

Monsters, Shapes, and Men's Mistakes
May 13, 5 - 9p
Crewest Gallery & Shop, 110 Winston St, LA, CA 90013
May 13 - June 4
213.627.8272 www.crewest.com

This show features sculptural works by Erick Rodriguez, Dave Kawano & Philip A. Ramirez. The artworks of Rodriguez are fantasy art inspired monsters & graffiti creatures. Those of Kawano are sculpture based on the graffiti art of Daim, Craola & Vox. Ramirez creates bronzes & original designs for upcoming vinyl products.

Moj?car Flamenco
Friday, May 12, 8p
The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake St, Altadena, CA
626.398.7917 626.403.7489
Cost: $18

Join them at the eclectic Coffee Gallery Backstage for an evening of passion, power & grace with beautiful Flamenco, Latin & Jazz music & dance. Led by guitar virtuoso Stephen Dick and flamenco dance dynamo Katerina Tomas, the ensemble also features Latin and flamenco percussion wizard, Johnny Sandoval & Brazilian bass guru Paulo Gustavo. Help them celebrate their 10th year anniversary with the release of their new CD, Al Que Quiere. The CD will be on sale. Seating is limited, call early for reservations.

Masanga Marimba Ensemble DVD Party
Cryptonoche is World Music: Friday, May 12, 9 - 11p
Club Tropical, 8641 W Washington Blvd, Venice, CA
323.478.9108 www.cryptonight.com www.masanga.com
Cover: $10; $5 with student ID, all ages
Sponsored by Cryptogramophone Records www.cryptogramophone.com

Join them to film their first DVD. Stick around afterwards for a relaxing evening with excellent global/world music DJs. Great Salvadoran food, full bar, safe neighborhood & free night parking.

Masanga Marimba is the only Zimbabwean style marimba ensemble in southern California. This 8-member ensemble plays music from Africa and Latin America, connecting these two cultures together using giant marimbas, drums & assorted percussion instruments, creating a sight and sound that is unique and fun for the whole family. The marimbas play music that is based on the mbira, a hand-held instrument with 22-28 metal keys. This exciting music is used traditionally for celebrations & dance.

In cooperation with the Lummis Day Festival the Arroyo Arts Collective presents:
Lummis Day Puppet Workshop series: The First Northeast Angelinos
Saturdays, May 13/20/27, 10a -12noon
Franklin Transportation Academy (SW end Franklin High School campus - signs at corner Ave 53 & Irvington Pl), 820 N Ave 54, LA
Jennifer 323.259.8331 www.arroyoartscollective.org

They will be co-creating 3 large street puppets inspired by the oldest stories of our area, those that come from the Tongva people. The puppets will be part of a procession and display at the Lummis Day Festival on June 4th. Children and adults are welcome to come hear Tongva stories, and join in the exciting process of community art making! Our storyteller (May 13) is Don Newton, a community activist, poet, painter and long time resident of Northeast Los Angeles. His book "The Beginning of the World" is a collection of stories and legends of the Tongva.

Charles Lummis was a great advocate of Native American rights and culture. He used his vast collection to found the Southwest Museum of the American Indian. Children and adults are welcome to come hear Tongva stories and join in the exciting process of community art making!

Gourd Spirit Vessel Workshop w/ Nadiya Littlewarrior
Saturday, May 13, 11a - 4p
Haramokngna American Indian Cultural Center, Angeles Crest Highway (2) N of the 210 at La Ca?ada, 14 miles to the junction with Mt Wilson Rd, Angeles National Forest
RSVP: 310-455-1588 katcalls@aol.com www.haramokngna.org
Materials Fee - $25; free for volunteers

Ne'ayuh is proud to announce two series of workshops: our annual series of public workshops of led by American Indian artists & craftspersons & free to our community basketry & weaving workshops. The public workshops are offered for a nominal fee to cover materials. This week's public workshop is a gourd spirit vessel workshop with Nadiya Littlewarrior. You can choose the gourd that calls you & bring out its character with paint, weaving, wood burning, and? Space is limited, so please reserve early, carpooling is recommended. Ages 10 - adult, but younger children may come with parent supervision. Please bring your own lunch & beverages.

Conceptual Cabaret on Main
Acoustic Musical Performance: Saturday, May13, 3:30p
Casa de Sousa Coffee House, 634 N Main St, LA, CA 90012
213.687.0363

This is a musical & theatrical performance exposing our history in the art of "NOW" - bringing each other to a higher consciousness of our own existence. This week's cabaret features Julio Ramos & Company - Acoustic Musical Performance.

East LA Collage by Jim Marquez
Book Signing: Saturday, May 13, 2 - 9p
Librer?a Mart?nez Books & Art Gallery, Plaza Mexico, 11221 Long Beach Blvd #102, Lynwood, CA
310.637.9484 www.latinobooks.com

This Saturday Jim Marquez will be signing "East LA Collage" at a huge book fair (feria del libro), that is indoors/outdoors, with music, food, author' signings. It is for 3 days beginning Friday.

The Bike Oven & Locos Armadillos 42 Bike Club present:
Spoke(n) Art Bike Ride
Saturday, May 13, 6 - 11p
Meet at: Flag Pole, Figueroa/York
Sponsored by: The Outreach & Recreation, Culture & the Arts Committees of the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council
626.831.7970 sarte1mex@aol.com 310.902.5439 ubrayj02@yahoo.com

Bicyclists! Artists! Slackers!

Come to the Spoke(n) Art Bike Ride. It meets at the corner of Figueroa & York (at the flag pole). North East Los Angeles has two dozen galleries & art houses in a two-mile radius & we'll travel to a selected group of them so that we can spend quality time at each stop. This ride is an entire evening worth of bikes, art & fun.

The ride will wind its way around the Eagle Rock, Highland Park & Sycamore Grove areas, stopping at selected galleries open that night as part of NELAart's ongoing 2nd Saturday Gallery Night. The galleries will generally be open from 7 - 10p & run a wide spectrum of different genres & styles. If you get lost, or want to meet up with the ride, call (310) 902-5439 for directions.

Rock Rose Gallery, 4108 N Figueroa, will be the last gallery on the ride. After that you can head over to the Bike Oven, 130 W Avenue 42, for the after-party. Both are close to Gold Line train stations (SouthWest Museum & Heritage Square) & several all-night bus lines that run on Figueroa.

Tentative Gallery itinerary is as follows: Flagpole: 6p - leave 6:30p ? Space Ark Gallery ? Future Studio ? Blue Chips ? Art Studio C ? MorYork Gallery ? sugarbutterbex (new - we'll peek in) ? The Acorn Gallery ? Avenue 50 Studio ? drkrm ? Another Year in LA ? Rock Rose Gallery ? Bike Oven

NELAart presents:
Second Saturdays Gallery Night
Saturday, May 13, 7 - 10p
Highland Park, Eagle Rock, Glassell Park, Sycamore Grove
Maps/Information: www.NELAart.org

Participating Galleries: The Acorn Gallery, Another Year in LA, Art Studio C, Avenue 50 Studio, Blue Chips, Cactus Gallery, Carlotta's Passion, drkrm, Future Studio, MorYork Gallery, Sugarbutterbex, Space Ark Gallery, Toros Pottery & Verbre' Fine Art.

Patricia Lazlde retrospective 2006:
looking back...moving forward
Artist's Reception: Saturday, May 13, 7 - 10p
Artist Dialogue with Rock Rose Patrons: 6 - 7p
Rock Rose Gallery/Productions & Arroyo Books, 4108 N Figueroa St, Sycamore Grove
323.222.4740 rockroseart@yahoo.com www.rockrosegallery.com
Co-Sponsors: www.casafinance.com www.gilmoret.com

The Arroyo Arts Collective presents:
I Miss You: a participatory photographic based installation: Curated by Edith Abeyta
Artist's Reception & Keep-a-Breast Silent Auction: Saturday, May 13, 7 - 10p
The Acorn Gallery, 135 N Avenue 50, Highland Park, CA
May 13 - June 24
323.850.8566 www.arroyoartscollective.org

There will be art by John Gil, Sophia Pottish, Merry-Beth Noble, Lisa Romero, Porous Walker & Carrina DiMarcellis. Participate: Contribute photographs of women you miss or bring a cake to the reception & receive a special gift.

Gente y Tierra - The Struggles of the South Central Farmers: Guest curator Raoul De la Sota
Avenue 50 Studio, 131 N Avenue 50, LA, CA
Thru May 21
323.258.1435 ave50studio@sbcglobal.net www.avenue50studio.com www.southcentralfarmers.com

Photographs by Fernando Flores, Don Normark and Don Rogers; Paintings by Pola Lopez and Raoul De la Sota; Floor mandala by Linda Vallejo.

The South Central Community Garden is located at 41st and Alameda/Long Beach Blvd. The Garden has served the community for 14 years through the legacy of Mayor Tom Bradley. Throughout its history it has held outreach programs in gardening techniques and health education, and has fed low-income families. For the last three years, Angelenos, friends and organizations have been working diligently to keep this valuable urban farm operating.

Update: Our art opening fundraiser for the South Central Gardens netted over $3,000. We will continue to raise money for the Gardens throughout the month and would appreciate donations of any amount. Checks can be made out to "Avenue 50 Studio" and please write "SoCentral Gardens" on the check.

Group Show
Closing Reception: Saturday, May 13, 7 - 10p
Mor York Gallery, 4959 York Blvd. Highland Park, CA 90042
323.376.4428 bmallman@nelaart.org

This group show features work by Jamison Carter, Margaret Griffith , Ryan Logan & the conclusion of Thomas Muller's time altered sculptures.

Jamison Carter's work deals with pattern as space & object. Coupled with monochromatic color, patterns are used to form the surface & interiors of objects manifested as representation & abstraction. Margaret Griffith's drawings reinterprete the urban landscape. Provoked by spaces created within man-made structures, she explores emptiness through the use of the grid. Ryan Logan's current drawings are a part of an ongoing use of units as building blocks in an attempt to reveal an exposed & suspended place. They are abstractions that are based on such suspended places as bacteria in a petri. Through the use of absurd associations, scale relationships, & time as a sculptural element, Thomas Muller hopes to strip an object (or image) to its bare essentials to point to the fragility of "objectness", the arbitrariness of value & the tenuousness of meaning.

Saturday Night Festivities
Poets of the Round Table, Artists & Friends
Saturday, May 13, 9 - 11p
Blue Chips, 5505 N Figueroa, Highland Park, CA 90042
323.550.1400 karlalopezart@yahoo.com www.bluechipshlp.com

This is an evening of inspiration, spoken word, poetry, music, art & friends with Mike the Poet & Poets of the Round Table. For over one year they have been a blessing with their poets, musicians, writers, singers, MCs, DJs & love. Poets of the Round Table core members include Mike the Poet, Phillharmonic, Besskepp, Stricke9, Megan J, Mear One, Blackbird, Bintu, J Sole, Sarah Cruse, Tone Tec & Dr Gray.

David Del Valle & Drkrm. Gallery present
The Haunted Hacienda: The Art of the Mexican Horror Film
Reception: Saturday, May 13, 7 - 10p
Drkrm Gallery, 2121 N San Fernando Road Ste3, LA, CA
Thru June 10
323-223-6867 drkrm@mac.com www.drkrm.com

Mexican horror films have been hidden from American Cinema long enough. These films are, without a doubt, the closest thing to a cinematic acid trip you are ever going to encounter. Surreal is the only way to describe this genre. Although influenced by the American gothic tradition, these films possess quite an antique soul that is uniquely Mexican. They reflect the Mexican heritage of pagan ritual against the dynamic of Catholic theology that encourages poverty and martyrdom in favor of revolution. Masked Wrestlers are the true heroes, not revolutionaries, and the Monsters (the radicals), are always thwarted by either good, God-fearing Christians or idiotic wrestlers.

The aesthetics to be found in the striking images in this ground-breaking exhibit create a new perspective reflecting the cultural attitudes in Mexican cinema; including the surreal comic book style poster art that adds yet another level of appreciation about films made in Mexico during the period from 1953-1970.

The Del Valle Archives is once again collaborating with the Drkrm. Gallery to present these bizarre Mexican genre images in all their flamboyant glory. The photographs and rare original art from this period take on a life of their own, revealing a poetry one could never find in the films themselves. Join us for an excursion into the midnight world of the Aztec mummy, masked wrestlers, doll people and busty Vampire women as we travel through the misty countryside to The Haunted Hacienda.

Bi-Annual Group Show
Reception: Friday, May 12, 7 - 10p,
Exhibit continues: Saturday, May 13, 12noon - 10p; Sunday, May 14, 10a - 5p
Art Studio C, 5145 York Blvd, Highland Park, CA
323.256.6052 www.artstudioc.com

This is a group exhibit featuring LA-based painters and photographers. Live music & refreshments at the reception. Featuring ASC artists Cathy Carter, Christin Ciacco, Poppy Dodge, Tom Early, Mary Jane Eigin & Corisa Moreno & guest artists Adam Beinash, Jean Carter, David Lazarus, Mary Mallman, Katrina McElroy & Howard Pasamanick.

My Collectors are Richer than Yours
Another Year in LA, 2121 N San Fernando Rd #13, LA, CA
Thru June 2, 2006
323.223.4000 www.anotheryearinla.com

Paintings by Danish artist, Kristian von Hornsleth. These paintings are of Allegories on Hollywood Gloss and European Arrogance.

Blissful Music
Saturday, May 13, 7 - 9p
The Blissful Soul, 4870 Eagle Rock Blvd, Eagle Rock, CA.
323.258.6900 cheryl@blissfulsoul.com www.blissfulsoul.com

Eagle Rock Boulevard will be transformed by the ethereal sounds of Aurah, created by Marc Dold and Judith Martin "as a musical journal of their quest to experience life's alchemy". Emotional guitar sounds and scintilating vocal arrangements combine to create music that is as much pop as transcendental, as much meditational and as electronic.

The Lummis Day Organizing Committee presents:
A Very Special Evening with Charles Fletcher Lummis
Saturday, May 13, 7p
Heritage Square Museum, 3800 Homer St, LA, CA 90031
RSVP: 323.344.9955 LummisDay@Yahoo.com
Tickets: $40 in advance, $50 at the door.

Enjoy fine wine & hors d'oeuvres, hear acclaimed raconteur Dan Lewis as Charles Lummis in the unique historical setting of Heritage Square. All proceeds from this event will help underwrite the June 4 "Lummis Day: The Festival of Northeast Los Angeles ". Veteran actor and community activist Troy Evans ("E.R.", "Twin Peaks") will emcee the May 13 benefit, "An Evening with Charles Lummis," a music and spoken word event featuring Dr. Daniel Lewis enacting the life of legendary author/adventurer Charles Fletcher Lummis, readings by poet Suzanne Lummis and live classical music by guitarist/composer Kenton Youngstrom.

Admission, priced at $40 in advance and $50 at the door, includes wine, cheese, hors d' oeuvres and soft drinks. All proceeds will help underwrite the June 4 "Lummis Day: The Festival of Northeast Los Angeles," sponsored by Northeast Los Angeles neighborhood councils with the support of community organizations and City Council Districts 1, 13 and 14. To purchase tickets, email LummisDay@yahoo.com or phone 818-535-9178.

La Mano Press and friends present:
Echa La Mano (Lend a Hand)
Saturday, May 13, 7 - 11p
La Mano Press Studio & Gallery 1749 N Main St, LA, CA 90031
323-227-0650 lamano-press@sbcglobal.net
www.lamanopress.com www.lamanopress.com/echalamano.html
Sponsored in part by: LatinoLA.com
Donation - $7

Come groove under the stars and help raise funds for the school children of Chiapas. It will be a night of music and art to benefit school children of San Juan Chamula, Chiapas. Proceeds from the event will go towards purchasing shoes and school supplies for the young students. Be surrounded by the art of La Mano Press artists and the music of DJs Tabernacle, DJ Nito, Esteban Adame of Underground Resistance/Los Hermanos Records, & Liz O of The People's Dance Party. There will be a great party atmosphere, food vendors, no host bar & raffles.

Nestled in the highlands of Chiapas, San Juan Chamula is located about six miles from San Cristobal de Las Casas. San Juan is both a religious and administrative center for over 40,000 Tzotzil Mayans living in the district, operating their sustenance level farms and businesses in some 56 smaller centers in the territory.

Conjunto Jard?n: Son Jarocho of Veracruz, Mexico
Roots/Folk Concert: Saturday, May 13, 8p
Craft and Folk Art Museum, 5814 Wilshire Blvd, LA
818.785.3839 mail@FolkWorks.org www.FolkWorks.org www.conjuntojardin.com
General Admission: $15; FolkWorks and CAFAM Members: $12

FolkWorks and the Craft and Folk Art Museum have recently formed a spirited collaboration in order to produce an innovative concert series showcasing the rich cultural heritage of LA. These intimate concerts make a special connection between the visual and musical arts.

Son jarocho, or Veracruz music, the lively Mexican folk music style best known as the source of the original "La Bamba" is enjoying a resurgence on both sides of the border. Conjunto Jard?n (cone-HOON-toe har-DEEN) features sisters Libby and Cindy Harding. The band's name is a play on the Spanish pronunciation of their last name, on the traditional jarana, a small strummed rhythm guitar & requinto, a 4-string lead guitar plucked with a long bone pua or pick. Their sibling vocals ride atop hard-charging jaranas, driving caj?n-and-bass rhythm section and sparkling harp-like keyboards to create a fresh, modern sound that is at once faithfully traditional yet possessed of a rock-influenced drive and accessible edge.

Connecting the dots from Veracruz to Cuba and back to Africa is Marcel Adjibi from Benin, West Africa, on caj?n, the wooden box drum originated by black slaves in the Americas. His surging crescendos and African vocal touches add a below-the-waist rhythmic sway that makes tangible what's often debated by scholars of the son jarocho: the genre's African roots. ("La Bamba" was written by an African ex-slave in the 1800s.) Other traditional percussion quijada, or donkey jawbone, and pandero, an octagonal tambourine, is provided by Gary Johnson, when he's not playing on keyboard the sparkling arpeggios and syncopated melodic lines traditionally played on Veracruz harp. Rick Moors' electric bass often seems to bridge Mexican and African traditions.

Chusma 6-Week Teatro Workshop
Saturday, May 13, 12noon
Tia Chucha's Cafe Cultural, 12737 Glenoaks Blvd #22, Sylmar, CA
Saturdays thru May 20
818.362.7060 info@tiachucha.com www.tiachucha.com www.chusma.com
Registration: 818.429,6083 resistantculture@yahoo.com

Come and learn how about Teatro Chicano. Enhance your performance skills. *Bring out your talents. An empowering and educational experience! No Experience necessary. This workshop series will culminate in a performance in May.

Scarred by Scandal ~ Redeemed by Love: Triumph of an Unmarried Mother by Gloria de la Torre~Wycoff
Author Reading: Saturday, May 13, 4p
Tia Chucha's Cafe Cultural, 12737 Glenoaks Blvd #22, Sylmar, CA
818.362.7060 info@tiachucha.com www.tiachucha.com

This book describes the struggle and the triumph of her mother and her strength and unending love for her family. This is the story of a woman's indomitable will. Physically scarred as a child, and later scarred by a scandalous love affair, Mar?a, an unmarried immigrant woman triumphs over rejection, banishment from her family, a debilitating illness and poverty.

Noxdiei
Live Performance: Saturday, May 13, 8p
Tia Chucha's Cafe Cultural, 12737 Glenoaks Blvd #22, Sylmar, CA
818.362.7060 info@tiachucha.com www.tiachucha.com

This is a multicultural rock band from San Fernando Valley, CA. They have songs both in Spanish and English. Through their music they intend to bring unity, harmony and conscious awareness, communicating directly to the hearts, souls and minds of all the people, regardless of their age, culture, nationality or religion.

Cinemania Flamenco presents
2nd Saturday Film Nite
Saturday, May 13, 6p
Cultural Stage of Art, 410-B W 4th St Ste 4, Santa Ana Artists' Village, CA 92701
714.543.0613 tierra_flamenca@yahoo.com www.tierra-flamenca.com www.culturalstageofart.org
Suggested Donation: $1

Ricardo Islas Exhibit
Solart Gallery Caf?, 2202 N Main St, Santa Ana, CA
Thru June 1
www.solartgallerycafe.com www.myspace.com/solartgallerycafe

Pomona Art Colony presents:
Second Saturdays Art Walk
Saturday, May 13, 6 - 9p
Pomona Arts Colony
www.pomonaartcolony.com

El Patrimonio de Mexico/The World Heritage Sites of Mexico Photo Exhibit
Archeological & Natural Wonders of Mexico
Mexican Cultural Institute, Olvera Street, 125 Paseo de la Plaza
Thru May 14
213.624.3660 Cozette.institute@SBCglobal.net
Sponsors: Mexico Tourism Board, Epson,EM Representations
310.282.9112 213.624.3660

The rich and dramatic photographs capture the wealth of Mexico's archaeological sites, its multicolored marine life and impressive modern contemporary structures.

The "El Patrimonio de Mexico/World Heritage Sites of M?xico" photographic exhibition has toured throughout the United States, in 12 major cities and is making its last stop in Los Angeles at the Mexican Cultural Institute before going to Canada then Europe and Latin America. 72 photographs are touring, including the 25 sites named by the UNESCO as the Heritage of Humanity in Mexico which reflect the beauty, essence and values that link Mexico with the rest of the world.

Six distinguished photographers have collaborated on the unique exhibit which focuses on the historical and archeological sites which typify the wonders of Mexico. Alberto Moreno, Carlos Sanchez, Claudio Contreras, Oscar Alvarez, and Rafael Doniz. Elsie Mendez, General Director, EM Representatives, is curator and logistics planner for the exhibition.

Center for the Study of Political Graphics Presents:
Sunday Film Series at the Watts Towers Arts Center
Women in Prison: Sunday, May 14, 1 - 3:30p
Prison Nation: Posters on the Prison Industrial Complex
Watts Towers Art Center, 1727 E 107th St, LA, CA
Thru June 4
323.653.4662 cspg@politicalgraphics.org www.politcalgraphics.org
Funded in part by the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of LA
Films have been provided by Women Make Movies www.wmm.com

Butterflies on Razor Wire Women in Prison featuring films on women in prison for Mother's Day. The Films listed below will be presented by Gloria Killian, Executive Director of the Action Committee for Women in Prison (ACWIP) Gloria Killian was released from prison on 8/8/02 after serving more than 16 years on a sentence of 32 years to life for a crime that she did not commit. Throughout her trial and incarceration she always maintained her innocence. In March 2002 the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals determined that her conviction was based solely on perjured testimony and overturned her conviction. Since her release, Ms. Killian has been tirelessly advocating for the humane treatment and release of the women that she left behind.

Troop 1500: Girl Scouts Beyond Bars: A film by Ellen Spiro & Karen Bernstein 2004, VHS/DVD

Blind Spot: Murder by Women: A film by Irving Saraf, Allie Light and Julia Hilder 2000, 87 minutes, Color, VHS

Women in Struggle: A film by Buthina Canaan Khoury, Palestine, 2004, 56 minutes, Color, VHS/DVD Arabic, Subtitled; Presented without narration, WOMEN IN STRUGGLE does not categorize its subjects as heroes or criminals, instead letting the women's voices stand on their own to add another layer to the complex discourse on Israel.

900 Women: A film by Laleh Khadivi 2000, 72 minutes, Color, VHS

EVERY WEEKEND/WEEK:

Mental Menudo Pomona
Wednesdays, 7p
Popztlan, 256 S Main St, Pomona Arts Colony, Pomona, CA
gallery5iftybucks@earthlink.net

Join them for the Mental Menudo Art Dialogue in the Pomona Arts Colony. The Mental Menudo is a free 'art related topics' forum. Everyone is cordially welcome to attend. They thank everyone for their participation in bringing the "Raza" together & your donations for the website. Without your support & dialog the Mental Menudos could not be possible. In order to make these meetings effective we need to spread the word & let the people about the Mental Menudo meetings. Any guests are welcome.

Charangoa
Thursdays
Steven's SteakHouse, Commerce
Fay@charangoa.com www.charangoa.com

There are lots of great dancers & surprises. They hope to see you there soon

La Tocada Latina: Free radio SAIC with La Veneno Cortes
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Fridays, 5 - 6p Chicago/Mexico, 3 - 4p LA
312.345.3805 carminacortes@hotmail.com Freeradio@artic.edu www.freeradiosaic.org

Listen to Carmina Cortes, a local Chicana artist, as she broadcasts from art school in Chicago. Go to the website, click on Listen Now, then an orange box will pop up ...you can send your hellos & even see Carmina on this little orange box. She'll be playing music en espanol. You can call her & be on the air as well.

Family Community Drum Circle
Sundays, 12:30 youth, 1:30p adults
Rock Rose Gallery/Productions & Arroyo Books, 4108 N Figueroa St, Sycamore Grove
323.222.4740 rockroseart@yahoo.com www.rockrosegallery.com

Drum Circle - Families welcome - Bring your own drum or percussion instrument or use one of those provided by the gallery. Taught by Blue, a versatile artist from New York.

Jazz Jam
Sundays, 3 - 5:30p
Rock Rose Gallery/Productions & Arroyo Books, 4108 N Figueroa St, Sycamore Grove
323.222.4740 rockroseart@yahoo.com www.rockrosegallery.com

Son Jarocho Classes
Tuesdays, 4:30 - 6p
East Side Caf?, 5469 Huntington Dr N, LA, CA
323.583.5113
Donations are accepted

Son Jarocho Classes! Learn to: Play Jarana: String Instrument from Veracruz; Dance Zapateado; Sing & compose Sones-songs; & Gain Knowledge of Son Jarocho music, Children, teens & Adults welcomed!


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